Welcome Future 6th Grade Panther Band Members!
The John Phillip Sousa Foundation has named the Shadow Ridge Middle School Band as a recipient of the Sudler Silver Cup for 2017.
The Sudler Cup is an award bestowed to identify, recognize and honor junior high and middle school concert band programs that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years. The official description of a deserving band is:
The band must have achieved and maintained a high standard of literature in the concert area over a period of several years. The concert band will have placed itself in situations where there has been an opportunity for evaluation by qualified persons or has been rated "superior" at state, regional, or national levels in concert activities. The band should have performed at regional, state, national, and professional meetings of significance. These can include but are not limited to state music conventions, regional or national MENC meetings, and state or national band association conventions. The director must have been incumbent in his/her position for at least seven years, including the current year. A number of the students in the band should have participated in district and all-state honor bands or similar all-area groups. The total program of music should exemplify what is considered a sound viable, music education program for this level of endeavor.
The 32-year-old program selects recipients from applications throughout the United States and Canada by a jury of previous cup recipients who meet at the International Midwest Band Convention in Chicago each year. Since it's inception, 60 bands have been designated with this coveted award in the United States.
"Because of the great music education program, and the support from their parents and communities, the schools in Texas have always competed very successfully with other middle school programs throughout the United States and Canada," a press release stated.
Only one other Lewisville ISD middle school has received the Sudler Cup: Griffin Middle School in 1997, John Benzer - Director.
Other winning states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Utah.
A representative will present the award from the Sousa Foundation at the concert in May.
Directors for the Shadow Ridge Middle School Band are Chris Meredith, Alicia DeSoto, and Darrin Hicks.
January 26: All-District Band Clinic/Concert
February 10: LISD Solo and Ensemble
February 13: Symphonic Band Pre UIL Contest
February 13: 8th Grade Band Parent Meeting, 7pm FMHS Band Hall
February 20: Incoming 6th Grade Night - Instrument Selection Appts
February 21: Incoming 6th Grade Night - Percussion Appointments (Only Night for Percussion!)
February 22: Incoming 6th Grade Night - Instrument Selection Appts
March 3: Final Instrument Selection Appts
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Honor Winds!